Dorsal and Alar Support with Rib Graft and Scalp Fascia - Los Angeles, CA
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I have a preforated septum with a hole too large...
- 18 Jul 2013
- 10 days post
Everyday is better - finally.
- 26 Jul 2013
- 18 days post
Scalp: The worst right now. It hurts and pulls in my temple when I open my mouth. The initial scab has mostly flaked off, but the red area is tender, raised and lumpy and for about 2 inches around it feels bruised.
Nose: Though I know it's still a little swollen, particularly on one side, I have to point it out to anyone else. My pores are horribly clogged, but it's still a "no touch", so I wash it gently, apply masque and "rinse" with a soft paintbrush. Rinsing takes forever, but I bumped it slightly bringing water up, so paintbrush it is. I still keep my glasses tied up off my nose. It is tender to touch and sometimes when my face is animated I can feel it move, but I can't help that. It runs a lot and the mucus stretches like thin rubber cement, so I go through a lot of tissue gently dabbing wishing I could blow for Pete's sake! I've trained myself to use saline when it itches or feels tight or I feel like touching. I'm wondering if I can be addicted to saline rinse. It's really bothering me that my nostrils are asymmetrical and a completely different shape than my real ones. I keep telling myself that 18 days isn't enough time to judge, but asymmetry is not something I will settle for if it doesn't resolve itself. At this point it's easy to forget that I had this done - the routines and rules are my new normal. I have to remind myself that I'm still healing, to slow down, get some rest and say no to climbing Mt. Everest.
"Better" is relative and it's not all pretty.
- 23 Aug 2013
- 1 month post
My scalp got really, really irritated when I went back to school 2 weeks ago - probably because I was brushing my hair. :) I tried to introduce painkilling Neosporin as a new hair gel. It didn't work so I had goopy hair. It itches once in awhile and is ugly!!!!, but what can I do?
Rib scar is looking good, but for as good as it looks it can still be sensitive. Today was hot and humid and after PE class, it hurt for 2 - 3 hours. I was surprised!
Because I had so little cartilage in my nose, it was pretty flimsy and "light", so it's very strange to have a hard nose. It feels heavy and doesn't seem like it's part of me, as if someone put a hard blob where my nose used to be. It's very strange.
Of course it looks 90% the same and I am the only one who sees the 10%. But I do! My nostrils are skinny and one is more skinny, and getting skinnier, than the other. When I move my nose when I talk, the skin between my nostrils turns white. Someone else actually noticed this!! Aaah!
I keep telling myself "still healing, still healing".
Right under the skin (septum?) between my nostrils there is a hard bony extension (projection?) towards my lips. Can anyone else see it? No. It hurt when I touched so I don't touch. but my nose ended at my nostrils before and it's bugging me that part of it, albeit tiny, goes beyond.
Here's the bad part. When I smile I get an obvious crease between my upper lip and my nose. It mirrors my smile and erases my upper lip - which was thin to begin with. I've tried tiny smiles - still there. I've tried barely turning the corners of my mouth up - not easy, my smile muscles shake, but the crease is still there. I've stopped smiling in photos. In my birthday party pictures I look like a mug shot. I can't help spontaneous smiles, but I'm self conscious about smiling at cute strangers. First my mouth is shaking because I'm trying to barely smile and second I have a crease like Jack Nicholson as The Joker's smile above my mouth. Maybe that's an exaggeration, but it's how I feel. I know my doctor will see me, but what will I do if he tells me that the crease will be there for the rest of my life?
I'm going to keep reminding myself "still healing, still healing" and hope it's just a bump/crease in the road.
Hair loss no myth
- 1 Dec 2013
- 5 months post
I cannot gush more. Ridiculously accredited, confident without conceit, calm demeanor in face of semi-hysterical patient (me), answered lists and 3 page emails of questions about everything from hair loss to nostril size in millimeters, a couple of forgivable issues with office staff, but quickly cleared up with appropriate explanations.